Day 5: Bananas on the Boat

Hi, it’s Jordyn here!

Red Team all ready to head back to shore

Red Team all ready to head back to shore

Day 5 consisted of more reef exploration to better understand what we want to do for our projects. Because of yesterdays boating problems, we had to split into two groups, one boating in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Red (my team!) and Blue Teams were the first teams to go, and thus, got to troubleshoot the problems that arose. Blue team had some problems with their engine, but I’m sure Candice can better explain that in a little bit, and bananas that came aboard may be to blame??

Boat Help

Boarding the skiff boat because of their engine troubles!

 The first reef we went to was a fringe reef, so it was totally different than either of the ones we went to yesterday! Rather than sheer edges,  we were able to swim a long ways over deeper reefs, with sea cucumbers and so many feather duster worms!

The second reef we went to was one of the most notably beautiful reefs in the bay, with the most fish we’ve seen at any of the reefs this far. The last 2 reefs that we went too were so shallow that we could barely swim! We had to keep our fins close to the surface and hands trailing in order not to disturb the corals and other reef organisms. There there were more of the sheer edges we became familiar with yesterday, which is the area we could find turtles resting and then swimming off into the deeper waters.

 

 

After coming back early, we all worked on getting our Boating Certification for Hawaii so that from here on out we can help in driving the boats. As I write this, everyone digs into a DIY Taco Night, followed by a second course of zucchini bake made by Miranda. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! (P.S. Hi Mom :) )

Hey, Candice here! As Jordyn stated above, our team experienced some ‘field problems’ ;). The gas pump stopped working, but we were able to figure it out and complete our planned exploration. We had some issues throughout the three hours, but we were able to finish and safely get back to the dock. No biggie! Jordyn already covered the basics of the reefs we ventured to today, but my group saw some different things. We encountered a HUGE turtle at the second reef we stopped at. It was bigger than me! At the last reef we saw a beautiful, fairly big, octopus. It was changing color, from white to orange to blue. I have included some photos of the octopus (lower left corner) and the small school of yellow tang we saw. Rhianna and I didn’t wear fins today, which made it much easier to swim over the shallower reefs without damaging the coral.

Beautiful urchin!

Beautiful urchin!

Lower left corner is the octopus! The white spots are his suckers!

Lower left corner is the octopus! The white spots are his suckers!

School of yellow tang!

School of yellow tang!

 

Overall, today was gorgeous! Visibility was slightly better than yesterday, and it’s always a good day when you’re in paradise! The second Costco run was made today, and man did they bring us back a lot of food! We are definitely not going hungry. It is currently raining outside, but hopefully this storm will pass through before we head back out into the field. Can’t wait! (And yes, hi mom and dad :) love ya!)

This ones for my fam (:

This ones for my fam (:

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One Response to “Day 5: Bananas on the Boat”

  1. Tammy Rehl Says:

    Thanks for sharing! Love following what our daughter Rhianna Rehl is up to. Enjoy this amazing adventure!

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